Finally saw TLK. It was better than AOE, but not by too much. It’s pretty much the same plot elements from across the series: Decepticons looking for hidden mystical artifact, humanity acts to save itself and rejects Autobot support, Transformers have a major part in Earth’s history, the main antagonist is from ancient history, giant planet appears threateningly close to Earth, overall humans get more time than the robots. But as usual, the now-average plot is balanced out by awesome visuals and action. GOOD While humanity is still against the Autobots, it’s less vindictive than before and the TRF is able to end itself and put its faith in the Autobots. Sir Edmund Burton was awesome. These films do great with cool old guys (Archibald Witwicky, Jetfire, Sentinel Prime, maybe Attinger). Cogman is one of the best parts of the film. He’s an eccentric butler bot who can kick butt and prepare dinner on a submarine. I’d enjoy seeing more of him, especially if he does his Headmaster thing as intended. Izabella was decent, I thought she might be an obnoxious kid causing trouble for her allies but I was thankfully proven wrong. She wasn’t necessary but she wasn’t really a pain either (except when she taunted Megatron), she had enough depth and character to be okay. Glad to see some of the Decepticons being showcased. It’s about time they got screentime to show off in (though sadly most of them get killed off in one battle). Mohawk was pretty cool. The final battle was in space and another world. Finally we get a battle that’s technically off planet. BAD The film tries to be like part of a cinematic universe, with an angle that Unicron is the reason all Cybertronian activity comes to Earth. It doesn’t really work out IMO, each film is too divided with their own continuities. I also consider it a shame to actually feature Unicron the Transformer Apocalypse and go the Prime route with him (inside the Earth), and actually do less than TFP did; there was a planet approaching Earth for goodness sake. I also thought Quintessa was a not very impressive villain, in relation to the above point. Optimus has very little time in this. His Nemesis Prime arc turned out kind of meaningless IMO, Sentinel Prime had been more effective in DOTM. The Headmaster gimmick was meant to appear in the film, I’m sure of it. But instead of Cogman, Bee is the one whose body falls apart and puts itself back together. Where did Grimlock’s Dinobot team go? Why replace them with those babies instead? They would have been really effective, especially since they’re supposed to be knights too. Overall, I was satisfied with the film.